Writers, how long did your first chapter take?

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It’s the first thing a reader sees when they open a book, and a well-written one can pull that reader right in to the story.

That’s right, I’m talking about the almighty first chapter!


January is First Chapter Month at ChapterBuzz, where we celebrate the all-important first chapter, appreciate first chapters of all shapes and sizes, and of course, share all of ours.


Some writers take some time to plan their stories (hopefully not too long, otherwise they run the risk of overthinking it and never getting started), while others prefer to dive right in and start writing.

But at some point, you need to start by writing your first chapter, so today I’d like to ask everyone out there who’s already taken that first step:

How long did it take you to finish your first chapter?

Writing (& perfecting) your first chapter is very important, because it lays the foundation for your story, helps you focus, and motivates you to keep going.

It’s also the most exciting part of writing a novel because you get to imagine your settings, invent your characters, and define your writing style.

How long did it take to write your first chapter? Did it flow easily or did you struggle?

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4 thoughts on “Writers, how long did your first chapter take?

  1. I start writing where I think the plot will crystallize into “aha!” – the climactic scene. The first paragraph and first pages come later, when I decide how to set the tone and ideas for the eventual climactic scene, which characters to introduce right away, and which to hide for a while.

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  2. My first chapter wrote up pretty quickly, but has since undergone at least a dozen major revisions. The importance of a stellar first chapter cannot be overstated! Thankfully, they do get easier to write 🙂

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